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, and it's the 262nd birthday of benedict arnold who betrayed his country hundreds of years before the nra made it look patriotic. [ ♪ music ♪ ] >> john: good evening i'm john fugelsang. this is "viewpoint." thank you for spending your evening with us. parents who lost children at the sandy hook school reached out today. they found a new group, sandy hook promise and say they want to promote a nationwide conversation about memory health, school safety and gun responsibility, and they've made some promises including this one in their new web ad. >> this is a promise. >> to have conversation on all the issues. >> conversations where we're listening. >> conversations with those with the most opposing views. >> can debate in good will. >> it will turn those conversations into actions. >> cenk: and americans appear to be more than ready for that. according to a new "washington post" "abc news" poll 52% of adults say the newtown shooting made them more likely to support new gun control laws, including three measures which are said to be on vice president biden's list of recommendations that
vice president biden sat down today with hunters sportsmen and gun owner's groups including the nra the real victims in all of this gun violence, as part of his fact-finding mission for the president. before the doors closed, he told reporter what's heard from gun control groups and law enforcement thus far. >> there is a surprising -- so far, a surprising recurrence of suggestions that we have universal background checks. not just the closed gun show loophole but total universal background checks. including private sales. there's also a good deal of talk about gun safety. and what responsibility goes along with gun ownership. i've never quite heard as much talk about the need to do something about high-capacity magazines as i've heard spontaneously from every group that we've met with so far. >> john: not every group. not the nra. after today's meeting with mr. biden, the nra released a statement that reads in part... >> john: which is something no one is trying to do at all ever. if the nra supporters in congress get in line, toughening gun laws on the federal level could be a tou
against gun violence. also testifying the nra's wayne lapierre. the nra reached out to its members urging them to attend this senate committee hearing. in an e-mail and online in a posting the gun lobby group says "you can bet the anti-gunners will be trying to mobilize their supporters to pack the hearing room and we need to make sure that the room is filled with second amendment supporters!" dana bash is on capitol hill this morning and finding out all sorts of stuff this morning for example there was a move to bring guns into the senate committee hearing, is that going to happen? >> reporter: it's not and it was a move by two of the republican senators on the committee, two of the chief supports of gun rights, lindsey graham and ted cruz. i'm told by a spokesman for graham they're not going to do this because of lots of red tape and bureaucracy in order to allow them to do this. first and foremost assault weapons are not legal in the district of columbia so they gave up and lindsey graham is going to have pictures and posters of these weapons as his show and tell, not the actual weapon
and cowardly. that's for you to decide. it's clear, though, highlighting nra intransigence is part of the political strategy. the new cnn/"time" magazine poll hints at why momentum for change may be starting to fade. 56% now favor an assault weapons ban, compared to 62% immediately avenue town. 58% support a ban on extended magazines. last month that was 62%. however, expanded background checks remains very popular with 87% supporting checks on gun show purchases. we'll have more on the politics shortly. but first, the personal. two takes on what happened at the white house today. alexy haller, the uncle of noah pozner. along with colin goddard. colin was shot four times in a classroom at virginia tech. i was wondering what your reaction was to what you heard. >> based on what we heard before the announcement when the families met with the president and the vice president and during the announcement itself, i was satisfied and pleased to see that the administration is treating this so seriously. and i think the strong sense i got was that they were determined to make a major change
on who should go to the hospital and who shouldn't. major garrett reports on what the nra has to say about its meeting today with vice president biden. and a hurricane nearly blew them away. >> i was thinking about, you know, just closing up shop, taking my losses and moving on. but something told me to stay. >> pelley: but jersey had an answer for sandy captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. junior seau was one of the fiercest linebackers in the nfl. he had nearly 2,000 tackles on his way to 12 pro bowls and a super bowl. but retirement was even more punishing. saw au had emotional problems late in life that ended in suicide. and today researchers say that they found that seau who was only 43 years old was suffering from degenerative brain disease as the result of his career in america's favorite game. the findings add to a growing body of evidence that has the attention of players, parents and the nfl. seth doa ne has the seau report. >> reporter: junior seau was a star nfl linebacker for 20 years. last may, two years
, the nra has come to the white house. >> the gun debate is raging. >> later i meet with the nra. >> freedom is not a handgun on the hip of every teacher. >> work it into the prom them. enchantment under the siege. >> no one needs ten bullets to kill a deer. >> that cheesy grin. >> little 6-year-old kids riddled with bullet holes. >> that joe biden just can't wipe off his face. >> president barack obama is considering taking executive action aimed at limiting your second amendment rights. >> could only be to take guns away from people. >> i don't quite understand why everybody would be afraid. >> it has been enough. >> the nra, which wants to be feared and respected, is not respected and should no longer be feared. >> i agree with wane lapierre, you, sir, are [ bleep ] in the head. ♪ >> another hectic day in washington and just ahead we'll have more on the president's cabinet reshuffle, including the nomination of jack lew to lead the treasury department. but, first, it is target tuesday. that's the day when vice president joe biden says he'll present his recommendations on preventing gun
. >> and the debate over guns, one month after 26 children and adults were killed in newtown, and with the nra saying assault weapon ban would not pass congress, the president urged house members to, quote, examine their own conscience. >> the belief that we have to have stronger background checks, that we can do a much better job in terms of keeping these magazine clips with high capacity out of the hands of folks who shouldn't have them, an assault weapons ban that's meaningful, that those are things i continue to believe make sense. will all of them get through this congress? i don't know. >> and joining me live now, democratic congresswoman jackie spear of california, vice chair of the new gun violence task force. congresswoman, thank you so much for your time. since you are on this task force, i would like to start off with the president's comments on gun control legislation. he says later this week we'll hear more specifics, but as i mentioned, you had the nra saying that they're doubtful that any legislation at least involving banning assault weapons would make it through congress. you have su
. this happened on the very day that the vice president met with the n.r.a. the vice president has been tasked with coming up withga recommendations for curbing gun violence, and major garrett is at the white house for us tonight. major? >> scott, there were no illusions on either side about what would come from the vices president's meeting with the national rifle association and other gun rights' groups.re but for pure political andso public relations reasons neither side could ignore the other. they didn't, and deep differences remain. the meeting lasted more than 90 minutes. afterward, we spoke with n.r.a. president david keene, who did not attend the session with biden. he described the conversation asescr "one-sided." >> we were disappointed, in a sense, because prior to the meeting, they made a number of statements from the white house that they haven't made up their mind. but at the meeting, the vice president made it clear that, in terms of firearms, they have made up their mind. >> reporter: keene said the n.r.a. will take its lobbying might and growing membership list to congress
of the nra and i am in favor of universal background tracks. i have sold guns privately myself where i wished i could do a background check on the person because i want to be 100% safe. >> stephanie: right. >> caller: but i just wanted to let you guys know that most -- as in like 99% of the people who sell guns and gun shows are firearms dealers, so they have to run a background check anyway. and any website that you buy a firearm from or -- whether it's a dealer website or like an auction website, where i can go and list a firearm for sale. when that firearm gets shipped out, it has to get shipped to a licensed gun dealer -- >> stephanie: hang on. after the break right back on the "stephanie miller show." ♪ (vo) as marijuana gains social and legal acceptance, a new pioneer is emerging from the backwoods. >> i'm basically like a farmer. instead of corn, you've got dope. (vo) but what is legal and what is criminal? >> this is, no matter what you do, a violation of federal law. (vo) follow real farmers staking their claim on a new frontier. >> lots of terrible things happ
from the nra and he voted for reducing the waiting time from three days to one bag. do you think read a tipping point, that there will be some kind of a seismic change? >> yeah, i do. since the topic is politics and then to add that a lot of people widely credited in 1883 crandell for the reason republicans took the majority for the first time in 40 years. so it really has a lot to do with the politics. i'm very grateful to be at the university of chicago. just another know. only to chicago which sent and called the partisan bipartisan with david axelrod and rahm emanuel. but that's a whole different story. >> we had to come back as bipartisan and this issue. >> if you go so far to the right, come back to the left. but i think the conversation has changed since the unannotated disco stu i don't care whether it's begun discussion or pistol discussion, at this moment in time you have republican and i happen to be one of them with the nra that would be more than happy that a lot of republicans are more than happy to begin to have the conversation about guns. but it has to be the right co
president said he saw emerging consensus in some areas here. the nra said they were disappointed what is really going on here? >> that's right. that's essentially what we expected, the nra saying they wanted to come and listen to what the administration is talking about, but certainly the administration is looking for some tough guidelines here, to prevent violence in the future. so, some of the things that the vice president says has been emerging from the discussion. he pointed out these are not his recommendations, but what he's hearing from all of these meetings is, at the top of the list, universal background checks. not closing loopholes at sales, but universal background checks, and a ban on high capacity ammunition clips. these are two things that the vice president says has been emerging at the top of the list from the discussions he has been holding. but the nra obviously pushing back on this. clearly disappointed. disappointed, they said, by how these meetings have less to do with protecting the children and more to do with "the agenda, the attack on the second amendment, w
was passed in the clinton administration, i was a member of congress then, the gun lobbyers, the nra came in and chased out a number of the members of the house and senate who voted for us. so you see members with cold feet. they played it safe, but who paid the price? certainly these 20 children and their six teachers paid the price. why do we have to go this long? we had to go this long because of fear of the gun lobby. i was there to say yesterday they are not to be feared. they have had it to themselves. there has not been an opponent. the only kind of opponent they respect and that the congress respect is a public opponent. people in the streets people saying this time you got to do it. it's gone too far. >> john: congresswoman, i think back on how president reagan was a significant signaturery in support of the ban. does it ever surprise you that the party of reagan has so completely rejected the values of reagan? >> it does. even his values on raising taxes which he did a lot of when-- >> john: 11 times. >> when he was here in washington before i even came. but what you have is a h
for the president and taxes. after releasing a ridiculous ad going after the president's children, the nra is attacking again, this time via a fund-raising email, claiming the president is raising $20 million to jam his anti-gun agenda through congress and accuses the administration of trying to quote reduce your freedom to ashes. i warns of mandatory gun confiscation, and a forced buyback program. it sounds a lot like death panels, and the president is not acting alone. president obama is working alongside his rich gun hating friends in hollywood, and michael bloomberg. they fail to mention he is also the mayor of new york city. we're back after the break. arguments to feel confident in their positions. i want them to have the data and i want them to have the passion. but it's also about telling them, you're put on this planet for something more. i want this show to have an impact beyond just informing. an impact that gets people to take action themselves. as a human being, that's really important. this is not just a spectator sport. [♪ theme music ♪] >> announcer: la
in the nbc news/"wall street journal" about the nra. 41% think of them positively, 34% negative. hollywood think 23% favorable, 46% negatively. we talked before about lance armstrong and pr. clearly the nra has got a pr challenge here. how do you think they've done so far since newtown in positioning themselves to be strong in this fight? >> why are you looking at me, mark? >> i'm just starting with you randomly. i went alphabetical. >> yeah, the nra has had good days and bad days in this. and actually, that depends how you look at it. even when the nra has a bad day and the media is calling them too aggressive, that's a good day for the nra. that usually ends up working in their favor in terms of membership. but, you know, i think the politics of maligning the nra is probably not a strategically good idea. that poll, for example, showing the favorability numbers, gun sales have skyrocketed, there's been an urgency to vilify the nra. for example, there's an ad out right now, one of a dozen, maligning a congressman named john barrow, a democrat in georgia. it's a democrat-on-democrat sort o
lavendera, thank you so much. >>> new this morning, executive director of the nra, wayne la pierre, lashing out at president obama. he accused the president of attacking gun owners by proposing a national registry and background checks for anyone purchasing a gun. this is what he said. >> there's only two reasons for a federal list on gun owners. to either tax them or take them. it's the only reason. >> la pierre went on to criticize the president's inaugural speech saying it's an attack on the nra, second amendment, and gun owners themselves. there was no mention of gun control. >>> republicans shifting strategy on the dealt ceiling. they have the votes to pass a short-term debt ceiling increase today. they will look for deep spending cuts later. it would suspend the debt limit to allow the u.s. to keep borrowing money to pay bills for three months. complicated but politically interesting. in exchange, calling on the senate to pass a budget by spring. >>> so lady fwgaga playing at t inaugural campaign bash for staffers and a special guest with her. tony bennett to sing a duet for "the lady
, the courageous father who lost his son to sandy hook. >>> and this crime fighter says the nra has held congress hostage for years. plus, a former congressman and nra point person who says this. >> there is nothing more critical to our nation's well-being than our children's safety. >> why he thinks the way to stop school shootings is to put an armed gun outside the room. >> i wouldn't know what to do with an assault rifle, wouldn't know why i would want one. this "piers morgan tonight". >>> vice president joe biden is expected to hand president obama his recommendations to stop gun violence, meanwhile, the parents who lost their children in the massacre at sandy hook elementary school are speaking out. >> we want to bring out changes that will stop this type of tragedy from happening to any community ever again. because this can happen in any community, your community. it has already happened in tucson, littleton, aurora and blacksburg. it has already happened in theaters, places of worship, malls and offices. >> here is where i stand on guns, i am in favor of a ban on high-capacity magazines a
their gun control agenda for two reasons. number one it's unconstitution. >> john: and the nra would never exploit a gun tragedy. with me know is john rosenthal co-founder of stop handgun violence and wrote "common sense about kids & guns." thank you for coming on with us tonight. thank you. >> what do you think about what is being considered about the task force. >> i strongly support the second amendment, but as the supreme court ruled the second amendment means you can't ban guns but you can put reasonable restrictions on how they're sold. in this country there isn't even a simple background check for all gun sales. literally 40% to 50% of gun sold every day are legally sold by private dealers to private individuals, including the mentally ill, and terrorists. al-qaida comes undetected to buy guns at gun shows. and the government says that's fine. the nra has bought and sold congress. they own the republican party. they've intimidated the democrats into submission, and although i think president biden biden's initiatives are just common sense the democrats in the house are going to run
are favored by the majority of american citizens and the majority of nra members. you used evidence-based solutions. house republicans might say it is based on an ideology. how would you counter that? >> you have to show some research-based analysis that shows the effectiveness of programs ax lot of good-sounding initiatives don't work. many are even counter productive. we need to make sure there is a research basis, an evidence basis for the initiative. that's why we use the term evidence base so we don't end up with a lot of slogans and sound bytes. >> john: it is almost like they're demanding common sense with a background check. here in new york, of course, governor cuomo passed the toughest gun laws in the country. what's going on in your home state, my mom's home state of virginia? >> unfortunately we're going in the opposite direction. about 20 years ago under the direction of governor wilder, we passed a one gun a month. you can only buy one gun a month and unfortunately, last year, that was repealed. so we're going unfortunately in the wrong direction in virginia. we need t
when nra chief executive wayne lapierrre will testify to the judiciary committee that... >> john: no one's tried to blame law-abiding gun owners. i guess that means he believes he's allowed to own anthrax. lapierrre will be testifying during a hearing that will include mark kelly husband to gabrielle giffords who was shot by one of the deranged criminals who had all too easy access to a gun. joining me now is virginia tech shooting survivor, collin goddard. thank you so much for being here this evening. >> thanks for having me. >> john: is this a new low, do you think attacking the father of a child who was killed at sandy hook? >> there's really no place for anything like this in this discussion or debate. we can be disagreeable. we can disagree without being disagreeable, excuse me. saying things like that reflect poorly on gun owners and men as human beings. >> john: this might be the new m.o. for the hard core pro gun supporters. i'm not talking about the reasonable nra members the majority of whom support the majority of the president's proposed revisions in the laws. but at
nra president wayne lapierre. mandatory background checks would be fine with him. patrick leahy of vermont ran that by him again. >> should we have mandatory checks at gun shows. >> if you're a dealer, that's already the law. >> that's not my question, please mr. la pierre i'm not trying to play games but if you could just answer my question. >> senator, i do not believe the way the law is working now unfortunately, that it does any good to extend the law to private sales between hobbiests and collectors. >> john: never mind the fact that they're all hobbyists and collectors until one of them shoots a lot of people. but what about sales where they don't care who buys their guns and certifiable deranged killers. could background checks work there? >> my wife would not be sitting in this seat, she would not be sitting here today if we had stronger background checks. >> john: that might have been true for another more recent gun violence victim. she marched as a majorette in the president's inaugural parade parade. senator dick durban described what happened to her by a man with h
, you know the nra also used the president's kids in an ad, so a lot of kids being used in this battle, brooke. >> jessica yellin at the white house. i want to continue this discussion. i want to go to las vegas for my next guest. gun shop owner jay wallace of outdoor adventures in smyrna, georgia. welcome to you. >> thank you, brooke. >> our white house correspondent was talking about something the president is proposing, this universal background checks. this really seems to be, if i may, just one of the biggies coming out of the white house. my question to you is universal background checks, what exactly would that entail? is it practical? >> well, you know, the thing is that we have to make sure that people understand they have an individual responsibility of when they're selling a firearm, that they should sell it to someone that is not mentally ill or incompetent or a felon or any of those things and that's their individual responsibility not to do that. if there are some ways where we can make it better, to where they could have a better understanding of how to do that, and enfo
. >> meantime, that controversial nra ad that cites the obama children gets four pinnoccios from the washington post. and it didn't fair any better with governor chris christie. >> to use that somehow, to make a political point i think is reprehensible. i think it's awful to bring public figures' children into the political debate. they don't deserve to be there. and i think for any of us who are public figures, you see that kind of ad and you cringe. >> let's bring in republican strategist and former santorum -- good morning, gentlemen, happy friday. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> it's not just chris christie, there's a new poll that shows 38% of a favorable view of the nra, its positions seemingly often at odds. not just with all americans, but, for example, 70% support a national data base to track gun sales, john. is the nra's influence waning? >> well, i'm not sure. i think that certainly they still have popularity. i think people still believe in what they do, but i've got to tell you, i've got to join with governor christie. i make ads for a living. i've been doing it for 20 years
. >> can it be done? >> john: meanwhile, vice president joe biden is meeting with groups including the nra this week as part of president obama's task force to find solutions to the epidemic. the nra said it's "sending a rep to see what they have to say." my, that's big of them. other gun fans are having their say on the internet. they're promoting gun appreciation day to be held on january 19th. gun activists are being urged to turn out at gun stores, ranges and gun shows from coast-to-coast. we'll have a commentary on that later in the show. and if talk show host alex jones is with them, let's hope someone brings his meds. last night jones had what is now an iconically famous screaming fit which was rudely interrupted by piers morgan trying to ask questions about gun control. here's part of what alex jones had to screech. >> 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms. it doesn't matter how many you get out there on the street begging for them to have their guns taken. we will not relinquish them. do you understand? >> john: only too well, sir. you need help. i'm joined by n
without taking anyone's guns away while pushing for memory healthcare proving the nra my friends, can't take yes for an answer. the nra ad which attacked the president for putting his daughters above everyone else's children. >> are the president's kids more important than yours? then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools? when his kids are protected by armed guards at thinks schools. mr. obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes but he's just another eliteist hypocrite when it comes to another fair share of security. protection for his kids and gun free zones for ours. >> john: that would be the president who has received the most death threats in history agreeing to protection for his family. for more on today's historic announcement by president obama and the future of his proposals in congress, i'm delighted to be joined by congressman joe courtney. good evening, a pleasure to have you. >> yes. >> john: president obama promised the people of newtown that he would make our kids safer. do you have any doubt that the proposals will do that? >>
challenging the nra and gun nuts by saying c'mon it's time to act. we must act. we'll be judged on whether or not we do. pardon me. and laying forth a whole series of common sense measures. both executive action and congressional action necessary to deal with the problem of gun violence in this country. very powerful ceremony. i was there yesterday. tweeted some photos out from the white house. hope you saw them. if you follow us on twitter you certainly did. if not join us on twitter at bpshow. good place to send your comments today or on facebook at facebook.com/billpressshow. of course, you can still do things the old-fashioned way and give us a call at 1-866-55-press. that is our toll free number. we've got situation here with the gun control measures in washington d.c. still continuing debate about the debt ceiling and whether or not this is going to be another fiscal armageddon here in our nation's capital. everybody gearing up for the big inauguration ceremonies this weekend. the unofficial-official swearing in the one that really counts at the white house on sunday. a very brief li
? no more innocent loss of life? >> the nra, though, is vowing to fight any restrictions on guns. they don't believe that an assault weapons ban will be able to make it through congress, but nonetheless, the public out there seemingly on the side of what some of these lawmakers are pushing. an abc washington news/washington post poll say 58% support it, 39% oppose it. 51% support a ban on semi-automatic handgun, 46% oppose. on high-capacity clips, 65% support it. 32% oppose it. a lot of things they're trying to deal with. >> dan lothian at the white house. thank you very much. >>> about 18 minutes past the hour. right now let's get you updated on all the news this morning. after denial, lance armstrong has reportedly admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs. the interview will be broadcast on oprah's tv network on thursday. >> more controversy for troubled actress lindsay lohan. the 26-year-old is expected to be arraigned on charges of a car crash from last june when she was already on probation. she fired her long-time l.a. attorney who has managed somehow to keep her out of jail so
.o.p. once again bow to the nra pressure or is this time going to be slightly different? >> no. they will bow to the nra pressure. i'm almost certain of it. because you have to understand the real audience for about 150 members of congress who are republicans, most of their caucus the real audience is those 4% or 5% of humanity who vote in republican primary elections. they don't care what happens in november. they care what happens in june, july august, when they're having their primaries. it is only a tiny fraction of the public who goes to congress from all of those many republican districts. that's their audience. the nra still has veto power over most republican members of congress. they'll kowtow to the nra. >> john: if they go ahead and block oar filibuster an assault weapons ban or regulations on magazine size, when the next massacre happens does the house g.o.p. then own it? >> it just doesn't matter to them. we live in a country where almost 25 million people can't find full-time work and the president and the democratic party have been trying desperately to do something about this
many gun owners themselves. when you actually talk to gun owners and nra members, they support by large majorities sensible and strengthening the current gun laws. what they support, 82% of gun owners, 72% of members actually support universal background checks. we are trying to keep guns and weapons out of the hands of dangerous people, criminals, and the seriously mentally ill. when you talk to people in west virginia, gun owners themselves want to be able to have guns in their homes. they also want to ensure that those guns do not fall into the hands of people who should not have them. the other constituency that is important is law enforcement. they are unanimous in their support for assault weapon ban for capacity magazines and closing loopholes. host: gun control could split obama, reid. they say backing restrictions could hurt the senate leader and other democrats. this story points out that for some democrats up for reelection, supporting the president will be treacherous terrain. they go on to talk about facing reelection battles in states where gun control is politically unpop
murders. maybe toughening up mental health rules honestly and, the ridiculed the nra for saying it, having armed guards at schools, and not gun free zones. >> chris: and the president does include money for that. >> and that will pass... >> chris: juan? >> the fact is the american people are of a mind that reasonable steps can be taken. it is unlikely that you will get the assault weapons ban reimpos reimposed. there is great political difficulty there but things have changed since newtown, as you pointed out and i would say one thing that changed in this town, is people from the social workers to the teachers unions, you know, the police chiefs, the mayors, bloomberg in new york, governors like cuomo, o'mally and merrill, these people are acting and you have seen some of the conservative democrats, even, shift their opinion about the possibility. and, bill says nothing will change and i think in fact most americans would agree, it will never change because the nra is so big an powerful but now people are saying, no, let's put in place sharing information among agencies so if someb
takes on the nra over the latest ad campaign. interesting words from the new jersey governor. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. 31 minutes past the hour. the past comes back to haunt lance armstrong, admitting he doped after years of denying it. in last night's no holds barred interview, he came clean, saying doped to win each of his seven tour de france titles, but at the time he didn't consider it cheating. >> i had this exercise -- i kept hearing, you know -- >> that you were a cheat. >> i'm a cheat, i'm a cheater. and i looked up the definition of cheat. >> yes. >> and the definition to cheat is to gain advantage on a rival or foe. i didn't feel it that way. i viewed it as a level playing field. >> george howell in armstrong's home city of austin, texas. i got to tell you, looking up the word cheating and the way he described it, a lot of people had a problem with that. he described denial after denial as one big lie. >> reporter: zoraida, it was fascinating to listen to the interview, to listen to a person so many people have looked up t
of the nra, the entertainment and video industry more recently. what can you tell us about the outcome? >> reporter: well, jon he met with entertainment industry leaders last night and today he'll meet with the video game industry. there is not a lot of concern about new regulations of any consequence being imposed on their industries or the first amendment on the entertainment side of that. by contrast you talk about the grassroots battle that is growing overt second amendment and the right to bear arms there is a growing concern in washington on the gun control side that the ban on semi-automatic military-style assault weapons might be really hard to achieve for the obama administration despite mr. biden's task force efforts going on for three days in the summit. dianne feinstein the senator from california has the pweurblgs there may not be enougbill. there may not be enough votes to pass that. the idea that high capacity military ammunition magazines could actually be limited, that seems to have some currency and momentum as does the background checks. but this eupl mass on the act
association reportedly surging. the nra is touting some 250,000 new members and vowing to fight the president's plan saying their second amendment rights are under attack. dan lothian is following all these developments in washington. what's the latest? >> the white house sees these recommendations as a way to hopefully curb gun violence and some of these things the president has backed before such as a ban on assault weapons. the president shortly after the connecticut shootings came out in support of that. so that's expected to be in the president's plan. also pressing for a ban on those high capacity magazines with more than ten rounds. that's the important note here. the aim here is to cut down on the ability of a gunman to go in and release up to 30 rounds in a short period of time. in addition, the president will be pushing for universal background checks so that everyone who buys aunder questi goes a criminal or mental health check. in addition the president wants to request funds be available for mental health illnesst to make sure there's money there for those things to be treated an
husband, mark kelly, an nra ceo wayne lapierre also testified. this hearing is just under four hours. [no audio] >> we have more than 200 people here today and hundreds more watching on our committee web cast. i expect everybody in this room to be respectful of the senators and the witnesses speaking about this very serious subject. i do not want applause for or against any position. the capitol police have been notified to remove any audience interference in an effort to have orderly conduct for that. that is a warning i give the many hearings. we will hear a lot of perspective on gun violence. i will give opening statements. but we have a former member of congress here, gaby giffords who will give a brief message and believed and captain kelly, thank you for your help in bringing your wife here. ms. giffords - >> ok. thank you for inviting me here today. this is an important conversation for our children, for our communities, for democrats and republicans. speaking is difficult but i need to say something important. violence is a big problem. too many children are dying too many childre
're squarely behind the nra's suggestion at having armed guards at every school. are you? >> no. i think it's more complicated than that. the problem is that when you have a uniformed arm guard they'll be the first target often that's there. it will be a costly proposal and it's fairly limited in terms of what it can do. there are cases where armed guards have slowed attacks and allowed people to escape. but in terms of cost benefit it's not the best solution. i think the best solution is to go back to where we were in the country prior to the end of '95, when we allowed permit holders to be able to go and carry concealed handguns on school proper property. there's some states that allow that now. the states allowed concealed carry back in '95 and earlier, allowed it at that time. we have a lot of information on how well that worked. there's not one problem that i know of or that anybody has been able to show with any of those people carrying permits at that time. >> i think there would be a lot of people who question your assertion that there are no problems with people who carry permits a
took the first step toward banning assault weapons, a move that already has the nra firing back. senator dianne feinstein joins fellow democrats bruising the bill which would ban the purchase of semi automatic weapons with detaching magazine clips and also high capacity magazine. this president vowed to make gun control a priority in his second term of the newtown connecticut massacre. >> still, the bill does face a tough fight in congress and from the nra. and of of president obama's gun control proposals, analysts say this is the least likely to pass. shawn unanimous with the reasons for that. how confident are lawmakers behind the proposal? >> well, shep, senator feinstein and the other senate and house members who joined here repeatedly said they know this is going to be tough but they believe the newtown tragedy has changed the conversation and the pressure for capitol hill to get something done. here's a bit of what senator feinstein had to say. >> gun laws allow these mass killings to be carried out again and again and again in our country. weapons designed originally for
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